|Janna Levin: The sound the universe makes - TED.com|
We think of space as a silent place. But physicist Janna Levin says the universe has a soundtrack -- a sonic composition that records some of the most dramatic events in outer space. (Black holes, for instance, bang on spacetime like a drum.) An accessible and mind-expanding soundwalk through the universe.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; science; universe; 2011
|Gian Giudice: Why our universe might exist on a knife-edge - TED.com|
The biggest surprise of discovering the Higgs boson? That there were no surprises. Gian Giudice talks us through a problem in theoretical physics: what if the Higgs field exists in an ultra-dense state that could mean the collapse of all atomic matter? With wit and charm, Giudice outlines a grim fate -- and why we shouldn't start worrying just yet. (Filmed at TEDxCERN.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; physics; science; universe; TEDxCERN; 2013
|Lucianne Walkowicz: Finding planets around other stars - TED.com|
How do we find planets -- even habitable planets -- around other stars? By looking for tiny dimming as a planet passes in front of its sun, TED Fellow Lucianne Walkowicz and the Kepler mission have found some 1,200 potential new planetary systems. With new techniques, they may even find ones with the right conditions for life.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; exploration; science; technology; universe; 2011
|Andrew Connolly: What's the next window into our universe? - TED.com|
Big Data is everywhere — even the skies. In an informative talk, astronomer Andrew Connolly shows how large amounts of data are being collected about our universe, recording it in its ever-changing moods. Just how do scientists capture so many images at scale? It starts with a giant telescope …
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; astronomy; space; technology; universe; TED2014; 2014
|Brian Greene: Is our universe the only universe? - TED.com|
Is there more than one universe? In this visually rich, action-packed talk, Brian Greene shows how the unanswered questions of physics (starting with a big one: What caused the Big Bang?) have led to the theory that our own universe is just one of many in the "multiverse."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; cosmos; physics; science; universe; TED2012; 2012
|Brian Greene on string theory - TED.com|
Physicist Brian Greene explains superstring theory, the idea that minscule strands of energy vibrating in 11 dimensions create every particle and force in the universe.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2005; TED; Talks; physics; science; universe; 2005
|Anil Ananthaswamy: What it takes to do extreme astrophysics - TED.com|
All over the planet, giant telescopes and detectors are looking (and listening) for clues to the workings of the universe. At the INK Conference, science writer Anil Ananthaswamy tours us around these amazing installations, taking us to some of the most remote and silent places on Earth.
Keywords: TEDTalks; INK Conference; TED; Talks; exploration; journalism; science; technology; universe; 2010
|Marcus du Sautoy: Symmetry, reality's riddle - TED.com|
The world turns on symmetry -- from the spin of subatomic particles to the dizzying beauty of an arabesque. But there's more to it than meets the eye. Here, Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy offers a glimpse of the invisible numbers that marry all symmetrical objects.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; art; beauty; math; physics; universe; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Penelope Boston says there might be life on Mars - TED.com|
So the Mars Rovers didn't scoop up any alien lifeforms. Scientist Penelope Boston thinks there's a good chance -- a 25 to 50 percent chance, in fact -- that life might exist on Mars, deep inside the planet's caves. She details how we should look and why.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; exploration; geology; life; science; technology; universe; TED2006; 2006
|Jill Tarter's call to join the SETI search - TED.com|
The SETI Institute's Jill Tarter makes her TED Prize wish: to accelerate our search for cosmic company. Using a growing array of radio telescopes, she and her team listen for patterns that may be a sign of intelligence elsewhere in the universe.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Prize; TED2009; exploration; intelligence; science; space; universe; TED2009; 2009
|Peter Diamandis on Stephen Hawking in zero g - TED.com|
X Prize founder Peter Diamandis talks about how he helped Stephen Hawking fulfill his dream of going to space -- by flying together into the upper atmosphere and experiencing weightlessness at zero g.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; business; flight; science; short talk; space; technology; universe; 2008
|Carolyn Porco flies us to Saturn - TED.com|
Planetary scientist Carolyn Porco shows images from the Cassini voyage to Saturn, focusing on its largest moon, Titan, and on frozen Enceladus, which seems to shoot jets of ice.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; NASA; design; exploration; science; space; technology; universe; visualizations; 2007
|Freeman Dyson says: let's look for life in the outer solar system - TED.com|
Physicist Freeman Dyson suggests that we start looking for life on the moons of Jupiter and out past Neptune, in the Kuiper belt and the Oort cloud. He talks about what such life would be like -- and how we might find it.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; astronomy; biotech; exploration; physics; science; technology; universe; 2003
|Roy Gould and Curtis Wong preview the WorldWide Telescope - TED.com|
Educator Roy Gould and researcher Curtis Wong show a sneak preview of Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope, which compiles images from telescopes and satellites to build a comprehensive, interactive view of our universe.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; astronomy; collaboration; demo; education; science; short talk; technology; universe; TED2008; 2008
|Dimitar Sasselov: How we found hundreds of potential Earth-like planets - TED.com|
Astronomer Dimitar Sasselov and his colleagues search for Earth-like planets that may, someday, help us answer centuries-old questions about the origin and existence of biological life elsewhere (and on Earth). Preliminary results show that they have found 706 "candidates" -- some of which further research may prove to be planets with Earth-like geochemical characteristics.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; astronomy; biology; life; technology; universe; TEDGlobal 2010; 2010
|Garik Israelian: How spectroscopy could reveal alien life - TED.com|
Garik Israelian is a spectroscopist, studying the spectrum emitted by a star to figure out what it's made of and how it might behave. It's a rare and accessible look at this discipline, which may be coming close to finding a planet friendly to life.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; astronomy; chemistry; life; science; technology; universe; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Patricia Burchat sheds light on dark matter - TED.com|
Physicist Patricia Burchat sheds light on two basic ingredients of our universe: dark matter and dark energy. Comprising 96% of the universe between them, they can't be directly measured, but their influence is immense.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; astronomy; big bang; education; energy; physics; science; universe; TED2008; 2008
|David Christian: Big history - TED.com|
Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is "Big History": an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; Internet; big bang; cosmos; education; history; humanity; universe; visualizations; 2011
|Sean Carroll: Distant time and the hint of a multiverse - TED.com|
Cosmologist Sean Carroll attacks -- in an entertaining and thought-provoking tour through the nature of time and the universe -- a deceptively simple question: Why does time exist at all? The potential answers point to a surprising view of the nature of the universe, and our place in it.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; astronomy; cosmos; philosophy; physics; science; time; universe; TEDxCaltech; 2011
|Henry Lin: What we can learn from galaxies far, far away - TED.com|
In a fun, exciting talk, teenager Henry Lin looks at something unexpected in the sky: distant galaxy clusters. By studying the properties of the universe's largest pieces, says the Intel Science Fair award winner, we can learn quite a lot about scientific mysteries in our own world and galaxy.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; astronomy; physics; science; space; universe; youth; TEDYouth 2013; 2013
|Bill Stone: Exploring deep caves (and someday the moon) - TED.com|
Bill Stone, a maverick cave explorer who has plumbed Earth’s deepest abysses, discusses his efforts to mine lunar ice for space fuel and to build an autonomous robot for studying Jupiter’s moon Europa.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; Moon; NASA; adventure; energy; exploration; mining; space; technology; universe; 2007
|Stephen Hawking asks big questions about the universe - TED.com|
In keeping with the theme of TED2008, professor Stephen Hawking asks some Big Questions about our universe -- How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone? -- and discusses how we might go about answering them.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; evolution; math; physics; science; universe; TED2008; 2008
|David Deutsch on our place in the cosmos - TED.com|
Legendary scientist David Deutsch puts theoretical physics on the back burner to discuss a more urgent matter: the survival of our species. The first step toward solving global warming, he says, is to admit that we have a problem.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2005; TED; Talks; climate change; cosmos; culture; environment; global issues; physics; science; technology; universe; 2005
|Martin Rees asks: Is this our final century? - TED.com|
Speaking as both an astronomer and "a concerned member of the human race," Sir Martin Rees examines our planet and its future from a cosmic perspective. He urges action to prevent dark consequences from our scientific and technological development.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2005; TED; Talks; astronomy; climate change; complexity; cosmos; future; leadership; science; social change; technology; universe; 2005